Mandeni receives clean audit for third consecutive year

2016-12-14 06:01
At the council meeting from left seated: Mandeni municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba, speaker Makhosazane Zungu, mayor Siphesihle Zulu and chairperson of the audit committee Charmaine Jugnarayan. With them standing from left: Mandeni Municipality chief audit executive Thahir Fakir and assistant manager at Auditor General South Africa Hanno Roodt. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

At the council meeting from left seated: Mandeni municipal manager Lulamile Mapholoba, speaker Makhosazane Zungu, mayor Siphesihle Zulu and chairperson of the audit committee Charmaine Jugnarayan. With them standing from left: Mandeni Municipality chief audit executive Thahir Fakir and assistant manager at Auditor General South Africa Hanno Roodt. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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MANDENI mayor Siphesihle Zulu congratulated municipal staff and the previous council for managing to receive a clean audit for the third consecutive year.

“I would like to relay my words of thanks to the employees of the municipality - from the lowest level to the highest level. Also, I would like to extend special thanks to the municipal council, both the current council and most importantly the previous council because today we are reaping the fruits of the previous council,” Zulu said.

He was speaking at a media briefing convened last Wednesday to announce the municipality’s clean audit for the financial year 2015/2016.

The mayor said this achievement is a challenge on the newly-elected council to ensure that it maintains the legacy of the previous council by ensuring that the municipality receives another clean audit.

“Our previous council is one of the few councils which managed to achieve the goal set out by the national government which was that municipalities must achieve clean audits by 2014,” Zulu said.

He said because of this the first clean audit that Mandeni received during the 2013/2014 financial year is the most significant for him.

“People who were part of that council must be very proud wherever they are, whether they are still councillors or are not part of this council,” Zulu said.

The mayor acknowledged the contributions made by municipal employees, especially the young employees, which resulted in the municipality receiving a clean audit.

“The council prides itself for upskilling our interns because what we have done as council we have absorbed our interns because they are young, energetic and full of life and they are fresh from the institutes of higher learning and they possess knowledge and skills that we, as the older generation, might not have which helps to improve the municipality’s performance,” Zulu said.

He said one of his key focuses as mayor is to ensure that there is a balance and healthy working relationship between older and younger employees so as to gain from the vast experience possessed by the former and the theoretical knowledge of the latter.

Zulu said councillors should be capacitated in terms of understanding legislation to ensure that they comply and that the municipality continues to receive clean audits.

“One of our strengths currently is that we have more than 40 percent young councillors, so that means that our council has been rejuvenated by its constituency and for me it is representative of the demographics of our population because at least 60 percent of the population here in Mandeni is women and more than 50 percent are young people,” he said.

He said commitment, dedication and honesty from council members and municipal staff would ensure that the municipality continues to receive a clean audit.

“To me, honesty means you do everything by the book even when no one is watching you, that is honesty, if we have people like that in our municipality, both politically and administratively I’m sure we will continue to receive a clean audit,” Zulu said.

He said receiving a clean audit should equate to service delivery because this is important for residents.


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